Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one hell of a book. It had big shoes to follow- Pushing the Limits and it more than filled those shoes. It was Cinderella's glass slippers, those thigh high black boots you wore this winter, those platform stripper heels that made you feel so sexy when you wore them out at night. That was this book! Ryan is the kind of boy you bring home to mama. He treats girls with respect, he listens to his mom and dad (too much) he hangs with his boys on the baseball team. He gets great grades, he's got his future all planned out. And he can read Beth like it's written all over her face. He is a good guy, really good! And Becca, she's about as opposite as Ryan as you can get. But her motives are as pure as Ryan is. She's been the adult in her family for as long as she can remember carrying not only the physical burden of being the parent, but the emotional burdens of one parent's betrayal and the other's constant disappointment and failures. It's understandable that she runs like a scared rabbit every time someone tries to get close. Small towns are so hard to live in, everyone knows everyone's business. Gossip goes around like a cold in an elementary school. And small minds tend to breed in small towns. So when gossip goes around about Beth, it's bound to flourish and undermine any good Beth has done or shown. The thing I like most about McGarry's writing is, that though there is drama, it's a believable kind of drama. Ryan's got the perfect life on the outside. But just underneath the surface, he's facing all kinds of turmoil. And it's very realistic, what's going on behind the scenes. It's probably happening in big and little cities all over the world as you read this. And Beth's story, while her exact story may have been a bit dramatic, the bottom line was, family and what she felt she owed her mother. Trying to save her, even if it hurt Beth in the process. That kind of thing happens all the time. People go down in flames all the time because they stayed too long for the kids, or tried to work it out, or trusted one too many times. McGarry's story shows the consequences of staying. Like Pushing the Limits, this is definitely geared toward the more mature YA reader for it's drug use, violence and sex. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoyed Pushing The Limits, loves contemporary YA, YA romance, and coming of age stories. I received an electronic copy of the advanced readers copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. This did not affect my review or influence my opinions of the novel.
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Dare You to
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In Dare You To, a comp...
In Dare You To, a companion novel to her excellent young adult contemporary debut Pushing the Limits, Katy McGarry showcases emotionally fragile 17-year-old Beth who is struggling to keep her messed-up world together after being placed against her will in the custody of her uncle. Determined to protect her mom from an abusive boyfriend and her own heart from being broken again, Beth has built up a tough-girl persona to keep life at bay. But when town golden boy Ryan Stone asks Beth out on a dare, neither of them are prepared for the emotional roller-coaster ride their lives will become. Showing no signs of sophomore slump, McGarry hits another home run by pulling together an incredible cast of characters and then throwing them into realistic situations that test them at every turn. I knew Beth had a pretty terrible home life from the few glimpses I got in Pushing the Limits, but seeing it on full display in Dare You To really brought it home to me. Any doubts I may have had about her as a lead (and I did have a few) were quickly laid to rest; she was both tough and vulnerable, full of dreams and pragmatic. She was a wonderfully conflicted character, and I kept rooting for her to find the courage to let herself be happy - probably the scariest thing she ever faced - with Ryan and her new life with her uncle Scott. There were times I wanted her to dial back the hostility, only because it was getting in her way and keeping her from seeing the possibilities in front of her. There was so much going on with Beth in Dare You that anything I write will just scratch the surface; her character needs to be experienced to be appreciated. And then there's Ryan, a brand new character to the series and a big surprise because after reading Pushing the Limits I really thought Beth and Isaiah would be a couple. There is a wonderful Q&A at the end of the book where McGarry explains why this didn't happen, but before I got to that point I had already discovered Beth and Ryan fit together perfectly - I just didn't quite understand why! I wasn't certain at first that Ryan would work as a love interest, because he was so different from the type of guy I expected Beth to end up with. He was a small town boy driven by his dreams of playing baseball and seemed a little too quick to take on dares, but as more and more was revealed about his character and his life at home I was won over. I ended up loving the fact that he came from a very different background than Beth and that he struggled to understand what she was going through because it was completely foreign to the way he was raised. And I loved how much he came to respect and love Beth, and was willing to put his own life on the line to protect hers. He proved to be someone she could count on when things got rough, while she opened his eyes and had him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and the world around him. They gelled beautifully together. It's Beth's uncle, town baseball hero Scott Risk, however, that forced Beth's life onto a different track and into Ryan's orbit. I really liked Scott, even as I disagreed somewhat with his methods of rescuing Beth. He took a "tough love" approach to Beth's life, which I understood. What I didn't like was the way he cut her off from the support of her best friends, Isaiah and Noah, without giving them a chance. Scott knew the troubles Beth was facing because he'd faced them himself and escaped before he drowned in them. But that experience had him jumping to conclusions about Isaiah and Noah, which I didn't like. I had to admire him, though, for doing everything he could for Beth - even against the objections of his wife. Can you tell I was conflicted about his character? In the end I liked and respected him, even if I didn't approve of everything he did. Katie McGarry proves once again that she knows how to tell a story. The narrative grabbed me quickly, characters were fully fleshed out, and the pacing was stellar. Everything just flowed so easily from scene to scene that it was easy to be whisked away into Beth and Ryan's world and totally ignore everything that was going on around me. The only "weakness" (if you can call it that) was the secret that Ryan and his family were harboring. I was expecting something big and dark at the heart of the Stone family, but it wasn't nearly as dark as I expected. It was definitely a serious issue - especially considering the small town setting - but with the stuff that Beth was facing it seemed minor in comparison. I don't mean to belittle it at all because it is something that really does tear families apart the way it did here, but I found myself wanting to shake the Stones and yell at them that there are worse things in the world. I do think McGarry handled it realistically and brought it to a natural conclusion, though. Dare You To has cemented my conviction that any book by Katie McGarry is a must-read for me. I love her writing style - the way everything flows so naturally and grips me so strongly - as well as her skill at character development. There is no flatness to even the most minor of characters, and no one feels interchangeable. I am absolutely thrilled that the third book of this series, Crash Into You, (featuring Isaiah) will be released later this year because I can hardly wait to see what Katie McGarry has in store for me next.
Dare You To (Pushing t...
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) By Katie McGarryDare You To is a fantastic read! I was so excited to receive this book I read it instantly then forgot to write my review. Katie McGarry has once again done a terrific job writing book 2 in this series (Pushing Limits). This story is phenomenal and it does not disappoint at all. Katie's writing is once again perfect, this story flows well of course you love all the characters new and old. I love that she writes in different points of view so we get to know how Beth and Ryan's thoughts and feelings are. It brings so much more to the story.This novel is around Beth and I was thrilled that she got her own story. Knowing Beth has lived such a traumatic life and she has made some horrible decision concerning her mother, as the reader you just want Beth to end up having a great life. So Beth is forced to move to live with her uncle, he cannot take how Beth's life has turned out, and promised her a long time ago he would be there for her. Moving away from her friends and her mother is not something Beth is looking forward too, but at this point she has no choices left to her.Beth is faced with missing her friends, meeting up with old friends and family, trying to work out her relationship with her uncle and figuring out how she can run away. But to protect her mom Beth knows she has to stay put (for now). When Beth meets Ryan who is nothing like her you could even say he is her opposite, polite, kind, generous and gorgeous, and the attraction between them is mutual. This relationship is like a rollercoaster ride at times, both of them struggling with their own issues and decisions they will need to make for their own future. Can two people from total opposite's ends of life come together and be happy? Can Beth move on from her past? And will Ryan be able to figure out what he needs to do for his own future? Read and find out. Katie McGarry has done justice to this series; I loved it as much as Pushing Limits and cannot wait to read more in this series. I have rated it a 5 star rating. So my suggestion is to purchase this Dare You To right away.
So at the beginning of...
So at the beginning of this year I read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and I was blown away. I felt all the emotions and was left pretty satisfied by the ending. And then I saw there was a sequel and before ever reading the description I automatically assumed it was about Echo and Noah and had a small heart attack. Why was Miss McGarry doing this to me? I was content with the first book in their story; I didn't need a second book. Then I read the description and realized this was Beth's book and I had another mini-heart attack. What about Beth and Isaiah? They were in love, they needed each other, they depended on each other..... I was dead set against reading this book until I saw that there was interview at the end with Miss McGarry about it. I briefly browsed it and one question in particular caught my eye. The interviewer asked her why Beth and Isaiah didn't get together and she said it was because they were both so much alike that if they were together they would let each other continue to act the way they did and never move forward and I realized how true this was, so I took a break from my TBR pile and read this one. I adored Ryan and Beth together. They had the kind of relationship that I like in a book: there were challenges and real life moments and yet in the end they were able to pull together. Ryan is the boy who to outside world appears to have it all: a good family, a promising baseball career, and a lovely ex-girlfriend that everyone is trying to throw him at. Beth is the exact opposite. The daughter of drug addicts who have no problem using Beth to help fuel their habit, Beth has seen too much hurt in her life to allow herself to trust easily. As a little girl she used to love her Uncle Scott, but now she knows that just like everyone else he will leave her if it will benefit him. I kind of like when the characters have some serious differences like Ryan and Beth's home lives and back stories. This just helped to make their alternating first person narratives more powerful and endearing. For fans of the first book who are scared of this one I promise you that Miss McGarry once again showcases her amazing talent in this novel. But wait, what about Isaiah? Will he have his own book? Why yes, he will! At the end of Dare You To there is a sneak peek at the beginning of Isaiah's book Crash Into You and from what I have seen his love interest promises to be a feisty girl who knows how to handle her cars.
Grab a box of tissues ...
Grab a box of tissues before you start Dare You To. It is one of the best books I have read this year, but let me tell you, I bawled like a baby in some parts. You feel what Beth and Ryan are going through. This book couldn't have been put together any better than it is. The story is told through the eyes of both Ryan and Beth. They each come from different homes, with their own problems. They first meet through a dare between Ryan and his friends. What starts as a dare turns into so much more. Once the ball starts rolling each has decisions to make that will greatly effect their lives. Ryan is dealing with hiding a family secret, pretending in public that his family isn't breaking up, and what to do with his future. Beth has to decide to help her mother. If she's left along too long her boyfriend Trent may give her a beating that she won't be able to recover from. She also knows that if it's not her mother he kills it may be her. Given a chance for a new beginning in a new town, she now has to decide what path to take.
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